REDDING - On Friday, August 18, 2017, California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents and officers from the Redding Police Department conducted a minor decoy and a shoulder tap operation in search of clerks who sell alcohol to those under 21 and citizens who purchase alcohol for those under 21.
“These operations are conducted throughout the state by ABC agents and local law enforcement agencies,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “These operations help to curb underage drinking, educate store clerks, and citizens, too. It is not okay to sell or buy alcohol to/for someone under 21. Underage drinking leads to accidents, crimes, injuries and deaths.”
During the minor decoy portion of the operation, ABC agents and Redding police officers carefully surveyed an underage decoy walk into 11 businesses and attempt to buy an alcoholic beverage. Clerks from two businesses sold beer to the decoy.
- Daljit Gill, 68, working at the Shell Food and Market, located at 5001 Bechelli Ln., was cited for furnishing/sales to a minor.
- Genaro Larusso 73, working at the Chevron gas station, located at 4746 Churn Creek Rd., was cited for furnishing/sales to a minor.
During the shoulder tap portion of the operation, the decoy contacted nine citizens and asked them to purchase an alcoholic beverage for them, making it very clear that he/she was under 21. Three people purchased an alcoholic beverage for the decoy and each was cited for furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a minor.
- William Bradbury, 58, Redding
- Robert Schornsten, 24, Redding
- Joshua Pugh, 27, Shasta
Store clerks are urged to check the identification of anyone attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages. Citizens are encouraged to just say “no” when asked to purchase alcoholic beverages for those under 21.